Ilhan Omar, a Somali-born former refugee and Democrat who currently represents Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, has been a harsh critic of Israel’s attacks on “Palestinian children” during recent round of violence between Israeli forces and Hamas militants.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called congresswoman Ilhran Omar “shallow and simplistic” over her recent comments drawing parallels between Israel, the US, Afghanistan, Hamas and the Taliban.
Omar tweeted on 7 June that the US “must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity”.
She raised a similar point during a House committee hearing with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Omar asked Blinken where victims of “atrocities” committed by the aforementioned actors should go if the US opposes war crime investigations by the International Criminal Court (ICC). Her comment caused an outrage, prompting three Republican members to file a resolution on 14 June condemning Omar’s “open defence” of terrorist attacks by Hamas.
Olmert, who served as Israeli prime minister between 2006-2009, said that he was not impressed by the congresswoman’s “vicious and completely unacceptable” statements.
According to the former prime minister, he was “a big opponent of Netanyahu and his policies” but it was wrong to draw comparisons between israel and “a terrorist organisation which is shooting at civilians and cities of israel on a…